Hi Tara: Sounds like a gre


Hi Tara: Sounds like a great opportunity you’ve got here. Opt for the 4 hour block of time; you’ll find that the many questions you’ll get asked will make anything less very frustrating.

I’ve taught a couple of day long seminars for Videomaker Magazine in Seattle and the format they use is excellent. It assumes a) that people who attend the seminars really don’t know much about video production; b) that showing is better than telling; and c) that you have a rock-solid outline and can be in control of the progress of the session if you’re going to complete everything in the time allowed.

Your idea of showing examples of your work that illustrate points you want to cover is excellent. In the time you’ve got, and the audience and goals you describe, I would focus on camera controls — e.g., focus, white balance, iris, gain, audio level controls, etc., and what they do.One thing that the Videomaker crew tipped me to was the usefulness of connecting your camera output to a projector or large video monitor. That way you can show the effect of camera control as you talk.

I would also focus on the basics of good shooting practices, and on compositional elements such as framing, camera movement vs. letting subjects move, etc. Camera supports would be a quick but very useful item, too. And I’d spend time talking about the difficulty of good audio acquisition with a consumer camera.

Given the time you’ve got available, I wouldn’t bother to do much talking about three point lighting or much at all with editing, although quick tips about in-camera editing would be useful. Talking about using natural lighting effectively and about problems created by back light would be far more useful to your hobbiest audience, it seems to me, than telling them about studio/controlled lighting that they’ll never get to use on the beaches of Cape Cod.

I envy you having this opportunity. It’s always fun and rewarding to talk about our profession to a group of folks who really want to learn. Good luck.


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